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Costa Rica Birding: Off-the-Beaten Path — Motmots to Quetzals

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Judy Filner Mar 09, 2015 at 12:05 PM

Thanks, Stephen. Very helpful info. Judy Filner

Judy Filner Mar 09, 2015 at 07:22 AM

Just writing to say hi to those of you going on the March 11-22 trip. Anyone know if I should bring one outfit dressier than hiking clothes?! Judy Filner, Bethesda, MD
Stephen Greenfield Mar 09, 2015 at 11:06 AM

You will have a couple of dinners at hotels but, from having been on a January trip, I would say "no", as long as you have clothes you've kept clean of course. Eco-tourism is so embedded in CR, no one will look twice. Speaking of keeping clothes clean, most places could do laundry, many overnight, some for a great deal of $10 a bag. I usually washed some clothes in the sink, but in a couple there was not a good stopper, so I was glad I brought one of those univeral stoppers, a flat, circular rubbery disk, that you can get in hardware stores.
Stephen Greenfield Mar 09, 2015 at 11:11 AM

"at hotels in cities", I meant

Jeanne Blumberg Feb 01, 2015 at 08:27 PM

I have heard that tap water in Costa Rica can be used to brush teeth, etc. Comments please. Also can you drink water out of the tap?
Jeanne Blumberg
Stephen Greenfield Feb 01, 2015 at 11:19 PM

I drank tap water everywhere on the tour and was fine. Not sure if everyone did - it's not hard to get bottled water - but I heard of no intestinal problems in any case.
Connie G Feb 02, 2015 at 09:22 AM

I went on this wonderful tour last year, and the tap water in most, if not all, places we stayed was potable. Our guide made it a point to inform us about the water whenever we went to a new place.

Jeanne Blumberg Jan 19, 2015 at 12:56 PM

Can someone who has been on this trip tell me if insect repellent is necessary. If so, can you recommend a brand and type. Thank you.
Stephen Greenfield Jan 19, 2015 at 10:16 PM

I'm on day 8 of the tour, so past the most hot & humid spot, and I really haven't had to use insect repellent.. But I do have some with me, a 34% DEET cream from 3M, ,brand Ultrathon, and it's better to be safe...

Jeanne Blumberg Jan 13, 2015 at 06:17 PM

Anyone going on the Feb 10-21,2015 trip from the Raleigh, NC area?


Miriam Rakowski Dec 22, 2014 at 07:11 PM

Hi January 4-15 Group,
I am an avid birder and look forward to meeting the rest of you. I am coming in a day early at the arrival hotel, and staying an extra day at the departure hotel. I'm planning to go birding locally. Anyone interested?
Stephen Greenfield Dec 22, 2014 at 10:21 PM

As I wrote earlier (see below), I'm also staying more days, one day before and 8 days afterwards. Doing something together on the morning of the 12th sounds great! Currently I'm booked at a different hotel for day -1, but probably could switch to the Radisson if it's more convenient. Tentatively, I had just planned to go to the U of CR at the eastern edge of the city - do you have Lawson's bird-finding guide? It seems to have a bunch of birds, even Ground-Sparrows, which we shouldn't expect elsewhere. A day trip with more and better birds would be to Quebrada Honda, but we'd need to figure out transport. The day after our tour I'm set to head out to La Selva...
Stephen Greenfield Dec 23, 2014 at 11:57 AM

Miriam (and anyone else interested): UCR would be virtually no cost, just a short taxi ride. Quebrada Gonzalez (I gave the wrong name before; it's in Braulio Carrillo national park) would be considerable, either renting a car, or maybe a taxi for the whole day, it's about an hour away. (I looked a little for a day tour, without success.) But there is the potential there for a lot of birds we won't see on the tour. I would try to get there myself after our tour, so it's up to you
Miriam Rakowski Dec 23, 2014 at 12:42 PM

Hi Stephen, I am willing to do either, although the more birds, the better.. I am arriving the afternoon of the 3rd at the Radisson. We could meet and finalize our plans that evening. The hotel may be able to suggest a driver. Renting may be cheaper, although more challenging. but I don't drive. I will also do some research for a local trip.
Stephen Greenfield Dec 23, 2014 at 12:45 PM

Oh no, I didn't read carefully enough, I'm on the following tour, 1/12-23! Sorry. Send your email address to me at tapaculo@q.com and I'll send you copies of pages from the bird-finding guide on those two possibilities.

Stephen Greenfield Jul 17, 2014 at 12:04 AM

There's a good chance I'll go on the November program, and would want to stay in CR a little longer and go to some places (and habitats) not included on this itinerary. Anyone else enrolled, let me know if you're interested in joining in and sharing travel costs, etc.
Stephen Greenfield Jul 29, 2014 at 11:04 AM

I've switched to the second January trip, and will stay for a week after (1/23-30), so am still looking to see if anyone would like to join me to go to additional sites.

Lucille Luxenburg Mar 14, 2014 at 02:21 PM

Is anyone going on the November 5th Costa Rica Birding Off the Beaten Track? Anyone a photographer? I have questions about camera equipment and care of the camera considering the climate.
Stephen Greenfield Jul 16, 2014 at 04:50 PM

I am thinking of going on the November or December '14 trip. I'm no expert and have never had a camera I've been really satisfied with (currently a digital "super-zoom", Canon SX50)... but I've taken several cameras to the tropics and have never had problem with the heat or humidity. (However, I have had binoculars fog up.) I just have plastic bags along to be sure I can keep it dry. As for equipment, aside from the normal challenges of photographing birds, the light level in forest is low. Aside from cameras with fast image-stabilized lenses, which are very expensive, I haven't found a solution...
Lucille Luxenburg Jul 16, 2014 at 04:58 PM

Thank you! I have the same camera. I don't want to bring a lot of equipment along and this camera does an amazing job. I always carry baggies too. I appreciate your feedback. I hope the trip materializes!
Stephen Greenfield Jul 16, 2014 at 11:59 PM

You must know more about the camera than I do. I talked to RS today and it sounded promising (but not official) for the trip to go. If you want to chat more about the camera or the trip, you could email me at tapaculo@q.com.
Lucille Luxenburg Jul 17, 2014 at 08:11 AM

Thank you.

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